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7 houses damaged near Donetsk in night shelling - city administration

August 08, 2015, 11:46 UTC+3
The official said the shelling continued throughout the night
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MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. The Alexandrovka settlement, bordering the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, was shelled by Kiev’s military during the night from Friday to Saturday. Local authorities report seven damaged buildings and several injured civilians.

"Seven houses have been damaged," head of the local administration Vladimir Cherkas told the Donetsk News Agency on Saturday. "From some houses roofs were blown off, some walls are damaged by shells. Some civilians have got light injuries - light shell-shocks or injuries from shell fragments."

The official said the shelling continued throughout the night.

The Ukrainian military have been shelling regularly the Petrovsky district of Donetsk, which is near the front line.

Situation around Ukraine’s Donbass

On April 7, 2014, the then Ukraine’s acting president Alexander Turchinov announced plans to launch an "anti-terrorist operation" in the country’s eastern regions that disagreed with the Kiev authorities’ policy. By summer 2014, clashes between Ukrainian army and local militias grew into large-scale combat operations involving heavy weapons and warplanes. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the violence in Ukraine has killed 6,500 people in the past year, wounded 16,000 and left 5 million people in need of humanitarian aid. With more than 1.3 million registered IDPs, Ukraine has now the ninth largest number of internally displaced in the world, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, 2015 after 14-hour negotiations between the leaders of Normandy Four (Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko) in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Concurrently, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including establishment of working subgroups as priority tasks.

The ceasefire however has been repeatedly violated. The self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk have repeatedly said the ceasefire observation depends completely on the Ukrainian side.

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